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Trends to Take on For Fall: the Loafer-Inspired Heel September 30, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:18 am

“Two of the most important influences on the 2011-2012 fall/winter season are the decades of the 70s and 80s: perhaps the most controversial period in recent fashion history, the 70s and 80s brought with them unusual scales, combinations, and colors to the fashion arena. It’s important to remember that the disco era was captivating the nightlife during this time, which in turn trickled down into fashion; additionally, menswear influences were evolving to accommodate women in the workforce; fashion, therefore, was trying its best to interpret these. (*A note on the hues exhibited in this era: use jewel tones sparingly – they are often too harsh for most skin tones, but you can still have fun with them by wearing one jewel tone piece on the bottom.) This week we’ve picked five looks that we feel have transitioned well to the contemporary fashion runways, looks that every fashionista should consider for the upcoming season. Today we’re featuring the loafer-inspired heel… Heeled loafers are best when they are detailed by platform, penny loafer, tassel, color-blocking, or mixed-medium treatments. Consider the high-heeled loafer the perfect combination of comfort, timeless appeal, and sex appeal. Think day and evening for this menswear-inspired look.”

 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS: from left to right, Opening Ceremony’s High Heeled Loafers are two-toned in the heel and body of the shoe and will look especially cool with a pair of cropped black pants; Marc by Marc Jacobs makes a very simple heeled loafer with this sleek interpretation; lastly, Tod’s Penny Loafer Pumps in chocolate suede offer support on the ball of your foot with a well-placed platform, making a perfect pair for the girl who runs around at her job; for an easy transition from work to a workout, tote a change of clothes and shoes in Scout’s Hilary Duffle in Sweetpea Stripe.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DARE TO WEAR: from right to left, some more daring styles of the heeled loafer… Superga’s heeled loafers take hue cues from fall foliage, and will be a great, comfortable pair of heels to wear with your neutral separates; Alexander Wang’s Anais Metallic High-Heeled Loafers will no doubt become a classic in your wardrobe since, as we all know, metallics complement just about any look; lastly, Miu Miu’s Anthracite Glitter Platform Penny Loafer Pumps will be fantastic for a day-to-night shoe, just soften them for a workday by pairing with a grey pencil skirt or trousers; Scout’s Hilary Duffle in neutral hue Indigo Go will suit any of the styles at left.  

 

Trends to Take on For Fall: the One-Button Blazer September 29, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:34 am

“Two of the most important influences on the 2011-2012 fall/winter season are the decades of the 70s and 80s: perhaps the most controversial period in recent fashion history, the 70s and 80s brought with them unusual scales, combinations, and colors to the fashion arena. It’s important to remember that the disco era was captivating the nightlife during this time, which in turn trickled down into fashion; additionally, menswear influences were evolving to accommodate women in the workforce; fashion, therefore, was trying its best to interpret these. (*A note on the hues exhibited in this era: use jewel tones sparingly – they are often too harsh for most skin tones, but you can still have fun with them by wearing one jewel tone piece on the bottom.) This week we’ve picked five looks that we feel have transitioned well to the contemporary fashion runways, looks that every fashionista should consider for the upcoming season. Today we’re featuring the one-button blazer… In the 80s, the single-buttoned blazers were often slouchy, oversized, and featured way too much shoulder pad action. Today, the best versions of this style range from shapely tuxedo jackets to workwear and casual options that feature body-conscious seaming and detailing… It’s a new day for the single-buttoned blazer!”

 

BLACK IS (ALWAYS) BACK: from left to right, Rag & Bone’s Classic Blazer is just that, so maintain a classic look with dark denim and a white tee or white button-down underneath; Alexander McQueen’s Wool Blazer with Cut-Out Detail is at first archiectural in structure, but once on the body its cut-out detail showcases more of your middle, which in turn creates a soft, feminine draping effect; lastly, Majestic’s Black & Anthracite Double-Jersey Jacket offers one element of comfort, in fabric and one of chic, in design; brighten up any of the black blazers below with Scout’s Uptown Girl in Rasberry Beret Paisley.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES ON NEUTRALS: from left to right, YSL’s Silk-Satin and Twill Tuxedo Jacket will be beautiful for daytime and especially edgy for nighttime, a 21st-century take on the classic black tuxedo jacket that the designer Yves Saint Laurent first introduced to women in the 60s; Rag & Bone’s 42nd Street Blazer is less trim and structured, and therefore perfect as a jacket in early fall or un-buttoned over a colorful minidress with heels; finally, Miu Miu’s Cotton-Blend Gabardine Blazer is, like a khaki trench, a fantastic neutral to have at-hand in your closet, great with anything in a graphic-print or anything rich in color, both of which will lend a bold contrast to the blazer’s simple style; or, consider your bold color and print Scout’s Uptown Girl in Mad Plaider (available again in November!) 

 

Trends to Take on For Fall: Mixed-Medium Outerwear September 28, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:13 am

“Two of the most important influences on the 2011-2012 fall/winter season are the decades of the 70s and 80s: perhaps the most controversial period in recent fashion history, the 70s and 80s brought with them unusual scales, combinations, and colors to the fashion arena. It’s important to remember that the disco era was captivating the nightlife during this time, which in turn trickled down into fashion; additionally, menswear influences were evolving to accommodate women in the workforce; fashion, therefore, was trying its best to interpret these. (*A note on the hues exhibited in this era: use jewel tones sparingly – they are often too harsh for most skin tones, but you can still have fun with them by wearing one jewel tone piece on the bottom.) This week we’ve picked five looks that we feel have transitioned well to the contemporary fashion runways, looks that every fashionista should consider for the upcoming season. Today we’re featuring mixed-medium coats and jackets… The new focus on adding dimension to a coat or jacket is on the sleeve and hem area. Consider combinations of leather and mohair, wool felt, and stressed leather, or tweed and solid melton. This kind of outerwear takes basic silhouettes to a new level.”

 

THE LONG: from left to right, Prabal Gurung’s Zip-Sleeve Coat has billowy sleeves as part of its blanket-like structure, but the trim leather sleeves make it stand out as a one-of-a-kind piece; this Fur Collar Coat from 3.1 Phillip Lim involes a couple of mixed mediums, in particular fur, leather, and knit, along with contrasting neutral hues, olive green with grey with black; lastly, Burberry Prorsum’s Wool Tweed Trench Coat has the added luxe touch of fox fur sleeves, wear it with black or grey trousers; tote Scout’s Daytripper in Stripe Deux Soleils, a bold, multicolor stripe featuring hues that would complement any of the ones at left. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND THE SHORT OF IT: from left to right, Malene Birger’s Luella Coat is softened by its bodice, then strengthened by its leather skirt-waist and buckles; Rick Owens’ Leather-Sleeved Mohair-Blend Jacket is at first architectural, but becomes dressy with drapes of mohair that fold down the front; lastly, Tibi’s Shearling Biker Jacket is, like the above coat from 3.1 Phillip Lim, a nod to contrasting neutrals, with the extra comfort of a shearling collar; balance shorter hemlines with a larger tote like Scout’s Weekender in Stripe Deux Soleils.   

 

Trends to Take on For Fall: Shine & Metallic September 27, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:30 am

“Two of the most important influences on the 2011-2012 fall/winter season are the decades of the 70s and 80s: perhaps the most controversial period in recent fashion history, the 70s and 80s brought with them unusual scales, combinations, and colors to the fashion arena. It’s important to remember that the disco era was captivating the nightlife during this time, which in turn trickled down into fashion; additionally, menswear influences were evolving to accommodate women in the workforce; fashion, therefore, was trying its best to interpret these. (*A note on the hues exhibited in this era: use jewel tones sparingly – they are often too harsh for most skin tones, but you can still have fun with them by wearing one jewel tone piece on the bottom.) This week we’ve picked five looks that we feel have transitioned well to the contemporary fashion runways, looks that every fashionista should consider for the upcoming season. Today we’re featuring shine & metallics: from high-luster to burnished, metallics can range from silver to brass to golden tones with a little rose gold thrown into the mix… a little shine goes a long way.”

 

METALLIC ACCESSORIES: from left to right, Louis Vuitton’s Monogram Rock Shawl is the perfect addition to a minimalist look; Miu Miu’s Glitter Pumps will be perfect from fall into winter into early spring, with basic black, a pop of color, or a contrasting metallic accent; Scout’s Goodie Bag in French Twist Gold is understated glamour in an easy to hold carryall; D&G’s Gold and Black Lame Evening Bag will be your go-to when you want to dress up a simpler look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHINY SEPARATES: from left to right, Diane von Furstenberg’s Simca shorts will look fab with lacey tights, high heels, and a crisp white button-down; dream of Marchesa’s Draped Lame Gown, which would look especially cool with leopard-printed pumps peeking out; let Scout’s inexpensive Goodie Bag in Priscilla Paisley bring you back to earth; Elizabeth and James’ Lauren Metallic Blouse can be tucked into a black pencil skirt for work, and tucked out with dark denim for a night out; have fun with a slinky, sparkly dress like Lanvin’s V-Neck Wrap Dress. 

 

Trends to Take on For Fall: Capes September 26, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:41 am

“Two of the most important influences on the 2011-2012 fall/winter season are the decades of the 70s and 80s: perhaps the most controversial period in recent fashion history, the 70s and 80s brought with them unusual scales, combinations, and colors to the fashion arena. It’s important to remember that the disco era was captivating the nightlife during this time, which in turn trickled down into fashion; additionally, menswear influences were evolving to accommodate women in the workforce; fashion, therefore, was trying its best to interpret these. (*A note on the hues exhibited in this era: use jewel tones sparingly – they are often too harsh for most skin tones, but you can still have fun with them by wearing one jewel tone piece on the bottom.) This week we’ve picked five looks that we feel have transitioned well to the contemporary fashion runways, looks that every fashionista should consider for the upcoming season. Today we’re featuring capes: we love versions that are tailored to unconstructed in outerwear to knitwear fabrics, ones that bring back the influence of these decades in a modern way.”

 

CAPES & CAT: from left to right, Ermanno Scervino’s Black Angora Cape is the peacoat/military coat-infused cape, try it with a trim pair of pants and flat boots; L’Agence’s Fringed Cape is the desconstructed cape, almost like a throw, try it over a pencil skirt and tall boots; lastly, Carven’s Cape Trench offers the ‘capelet’ effect, and will pair well with pants or a skirt; tote Scout’s Cool Clutch in Def Leopard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPES & CAMO: from left to right, consider this Moschino Cheap & Chic Knitted Turtleneck Cape the ‘fisherman’s cape’, since it takes its knitwear cues from the classic fisherman’s sweater; this Alice by Alice Temperly Black Riviera Cape is no doubt the classic, retro version, wear with black jeans with a cigarette leg for a streamlined, minimalist look; lastly, Wren’s Lizzie Cape Coat gives you that funnel-neck trapeze silhouette, the epitome of what ‘cape’ really entails (pun intended!); tote Scout’s Cool Clutch in Camo Tow. 

 

Unlikely Combos: for the Traveller September 23, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:29 am

“In the 70s and 80s, it was very unlikely to mix your patterns, textures, and proportions of clothing – the recombining of these advocates the unlikely yet contemporary combinations within our line, which then extends itself to your own fashion story. Today we’re featuring the best in chic ‘airport wear’, but first, a quick note on coats: to get the best bang for your buck, you may have to invest in a slightly more expensive piece –you have to consider a timeless cut and good, well-constructed fabric. This will ensure longevity, season after season.”

 

HIGH PRICE POINT, LOOK 1:

from left to right, some covetable items for your closet… Max Mara Studio’s Silk and Wool Double-Breasted Coat is functional and fashionable, button it or wrap it to keep yourself warm; Donna Karan’s Parachute Jumpsuit in this ‘mushroom’ tone is flattering on just about every skin tone and will look particularly fab on a dinner date; Christian Louboutin’s ‘Gril’ Cut-Out Leather Boots are some fierce statement makers; Dries Van Noten’s Long Gloves are luxury at your fingertips; Scout’s Fast Getaway Roller Bag will be your go-to travel companion.

 

LOW PRICE POINT, LOOK 2:

from left to right, some perfectly-priced items for fall/winter… ASOS’s Army Leather Peep Toe Lace-Up Boot has a chunkier heel so it will be uber-comfy if you have to race to the gate; J. Crew’s Zip Leather Gloves in this more coral orange will complement most accent colors and hues; Scout’s Uptown Girl can hold those necessary airport items you keep nearby and it leaves room for a scarf and a magazine for during your flight; this Halston Heritage Long-Sleeve Jumpsuit is retro-inspired yet contemporary in cut, particularly along the neckline, with its sophisicated ‘V’ and ruched sleeves; lastly, this Lauren by Ralph Lauren Cyril Wool Wrap Coat will be your never-regret investment piece for winter, one to take good care of that you later might pass down to a daughter or goddaughter. 

 

Unlikely Combos: Animal Prints & Textures September 22, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 8:04 am

“In the 70s and 80s, it was very unlikely to mix your patterns, textures, and proportions of clothing – the recombining of these advocates the unlikely yet contemporary combinations within our line, which then extends itself to your own fashion story. Today we’re mixing faux-animal prints with faux-animal textures – have fun mixing up the ‘faux’ animal kingdom!”

 

HIGH PRICE POINT, LOOK 1: from left to right, some covetable items for your closet… Paul Smith’s Military Button Long Cardigan is a great accent color for this look; Balenciaga’s Wool and Faux Leather Pencil Skirt is a prime example of mixed-medium with basic black; this Halston Heritage Faux Fur Jacket has bell sleeves and a shawl collar that exudes luxury and wearability, day in and day out; Scout’s Daytripper Everyday Tote in Def Leopard on the top and Christian Louboutin’s Morphing 100 Calf Hair Pumps on the bottom balance out this animal kingdom theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOW PRICE POINT, LOOK 2: from left to right, perfectly-priced clothes for fall/winter… J. Crew’s Mohair Magnitude Cardigan is cozy and sensible, for work or weekends; Miss Sixty’s Knee-Length Leather Skirt should be a staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe; Juicy Couture’s Faux Fur Jacket is classic in a double-breasted closure yet contemporary in its cropped cut; Scout’s Pocket Rocket in Croc-O-Gator Khaki pairs seamlessly with the J. Crew cardigan thanks to its orange trim; polish off your more ‘wild’ look with Ivanka Trump’s Pinkette Leopard Pumps.

 

Unlikely Combos: Ladylike Dressing with a Twist September 21, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:14 am

“In the 70s and 80s, it was very unlikely to mix your patterns, textures, and proportions of clothing – the recombining of these advocates the unlikely yet contemporary combinations within our line, which then extends itself to your own fashion story. Today we’re featuring ladylike looks, dressing up with a twist… in this case, we’re incporporating alternative textures and colors; and, if you take away one style ‘tool’ from this post: never banish the color combo of navy & black! it’s a new classic!”

 

HIGH PRICE POINT, LOOK 1: from left to right, some covetable items for your closet… Vanessa Bruno’s Wool and Cashmere Coat next to Scout’s Grand Plan Travel Tote in True Brit is the perfect color accent to this look; an otherwise simple navy minidress, this McQ Alexander McQueen Long-Sleeve Dress has ribbed detail on the shoulders and elbow patches to give it contemporary edge; Falke’s Lace Net Tights are the epitome of ladylike with floral texture; finish off the look with Christian Louboutin’s Bambou 140 Suede Pumps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOW PRICE POINT, LOOK 2: from left to right, perfectly priced items to incorporate into your wardobe… Gap’s Textured Wool Coat is a welcomed pop of seasonless color with this navy & black look; run lunch-hour errands with Scout’s Bagette Market Tote in Wavy Navy; wear Sandro’s Navy Knit Dress, a ribbed minidress with a ladylike collar; Anna Sui’s Solid Navy Tights are just-right not only for this look, but for most skirted looks you’ll wear through this fall and winter; Pella Moda’s Page Suede T-Strap Pumps will be key for height under high and low hemlines, whether under skirts or wide-legged trousers.  

 

Unlikely Combos: Rallying the Neutral Troops September 20, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 8:12 am

“In the 70s and 80s, it was very unlikely to mix your patterns, textures, and proportions of clothing – the recombining of these advocates the unlikely yet contemporary combinations within our line, which then extends itself to your own fashion story. Today we’re doing a tonal, neutral ensemble, pulled from and inspired by the tonality of camouflage – from the army greens through the tans, in an overall sophisticated look. Pop with an accent bright from Stripe Deux Soleils… we recommend a silk blouse, as fall/winter 2012 has become ‘the season of the silk blouse’ (mind the dry-cleaning charges!)”

 

HIGH PRICE POINT, LOOK 1: from left to right, some covetable items for your closet… Lanvin’s Draped Silk-Gazar Top is a rich, must-have hue for fall, and provides just the right amount of color for this look; in a similar plum hue, NYLO’s Cowhide Combat Boot is distressed in finish yet pulls together this whole look; Ermanno Scervino’s Khaki Hand Treated Cargo Pants in this ‘pebble’ neutral will look great with Scout’s Original Deano tote in Camo Tow *when it arrives in November; to top off the look, fasten Burberry Prorsum’s Heavyweight Stretch-Ponte Military Coat.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOW PRICE POINT, LOOK 2: from left to right, some perfectly-priced pieces for the season… this pair of Quicksilver’s The Base Cargo pants is relaxed in fit yet crisp in color; ASOS’s Parka with Trapper Hood is a fun piece of outerwear for cold days and nights; Scout’s Crown Jewels cosmetic case in Stripe Deux Soleils works as a smaller bag to stow in your everyday tote, or as a clutch to use out and about, when all you need is your keys, cards, and phone; Parker’s Long Sleeve Tie Front Blouse is polished and feminine, and will offer a fantastic contrast with this pair of Steve Madden Troopa Boots.    

 

Unlikely Combos: On the Move September 19, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 8:21 am

“In the 70s and 80s, it was very unlikely to mix your patterns, textures, and proportions of clothing – the recombining of these advocates the unlikely yet contemporary combinations within our line, which then extends itself to your own fashion story. Today we’re focusing on black as an accent color for your ‘on the move’ look.”

 

HIGH PRICE POINT, LOOK 1: from left to right, some covetable items for your closet… Scout’s 4Boys Bag in Rasberry Beret Paisley and Yigal Azrouel’s Biology-Print Scarf offer the perfect pop of color to your minimalist chic ‘on the move’ look; Jil Sander’s Shearling Aviator Jacket offers subtle details that are contemporary yet timeless; Rick Owens’ Cashmere Turtleneck top is luxe in fabric and sleek in cut; J Brand’s Love Story Flares are a nod to the 70s that will look fab with heeled boots, or, when ‘on the move’, even better tucked into or out of Valentino’s Studded Patent Rubber Boots.

 

 

 

LOW PRICE POINT, LOOK 2: from left to right, some perfectly-priced pieces for the on the go gal… Scout’s Weekender in Angelina Ballerina Paisley with Nordstrom’s Cashmere-Blend Wrap is the fun addition to this overall more sophisticated look; TopShop’s Faux Fur Biker Jacket exemplifies easy luxury; Petit Bateau’s Womens Long Sleeve Turtleneck is a must-have for fall/winter (and a staple in our own closets!); the classic denim brand Levi’s has started producing more contemporary cuts, and these Black Rinse Jeggings will look fab with these XC-XACARET High-Heeled Boots.   

 

 
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